Holiday time is for family, food and fun and what pairs best with all of it? Wine of course!
Pairing wines can seem intimidating but let’s break this down so you never get it wrong. The best answer when you just do not know what to serve is Champagne! It goes with everything, anything, anywhere and anytime. My personal wine hero, Madame Lilly Bollinger, said it best.
“I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone.
Then I have company I consider it obligatory.
I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am.
Otherwise, I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.”
This Christmas, my champagne choice is Delamotte Brut NV which is mostly Premier Cru Vineyards, the baby brother to the famed Salon Champagne. It retails at a reasonable $50 a bottle. It is sure to impress anyone’s palate. So when in doubt pop that bottle, no one will argue with you, I promise.
If you are serving lunch or appetizers and need a clean light bright white that tastes delicious with any cheese board, fish or salad, I strongly suggest Maison Champy “Cuvée Edme” Bourgogne Blanc. It is a Chardonnay that is lightly oaked in french wood and just makes my mouth happy. Retailing at less than $40 a bottle it will taste like a famed Mersault but for half the price.
Now for those big reds that warms the iciest family member up! One of my absolute favorites this winter is Mas de Daumas Gassac Red from the Languedoc. It’s mostly Cab and the rest is primarily Bordeaux varietals along with a little Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto. So fantastically delicious and unmistakably Old World style. Perfect with complex dishes, red meat, game (especially venison and wild-boar) and cheeses. Retails under $50 a bottle and will be served at my family Christmas Eve paella dinner!
The final and maybe favorite offering during the holiday season is Rosa Regale. For any of you that know me, this sweet sparkling red has a special place in my heart. It is what I drink curled up on the couch in a big blanket in front of the fire eating dark chocolate enjoying my Christmas tree and watching it snow out my window. Historically, it is the most romantic bottle of wine. Cesar used it to court Cleopatra. The Brachetto varietal will go down in history as the woooer of all grapes; sure to capture the attention of your beloved. It retails at $20 for a large bottle and they have the baby bottles when you just need a glass or two while hiding in the bathtub from family.
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